Every time I’m back from university me and my mum always go to Emmaus, that are a charity with a room full of books, all at 75p each. We usually come out with a massive bag of books between us, and I’m managed to get some amazing books there. So here’s my haul from my trip earlier in the week!
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
Synopsis: Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.
Thoughts: This has been on my to read list for a while, and I’e been meaning to get more non-fiction under my belt. As a lover of several cop/pathologist tv shows, this is a perfect book to delve into!
Dot Robot by Jason Bradbury
Synopsis: ‘Congratulations, Jackson. Welcome to MeX.’
Dot.com billionaire Devlin Lear, founder of the top-secret defence force MeX, has been watching Jackson Farley. He knows he has found a digital genius.
Along with three other brilliant gamers from different corners of the world, Lear needs Jackson to join him and stop the criminal heist of the century. And all by the power of the most highly advanced, state-of-the-art robots ever invented.
Are Jackson and the MeX recruits as good as Lear thinks? And how does Jackson know quite who to trust when they can never meet face-to-face?
Thoughts: Gaming and computers and stuff immediately screams ‘Ready Player One’ at me so I just had to pick it up. I’ve been trying ever since I read it to find something similar. It probably won’t live up, but it sounds interesting!
Review to come!
Pandaemonium by Christopher Brookmyre
Synopsis: The senior pupils of St Peter’s High School are on a retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer – not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with.
Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell.
Two very different worlds are about to clash in an earthly battle between science and the supernatural, philosophy and faith, civilisation and savagery.
Thoughts: I’ve just started this, and I’m intrigued by the opening pages. The writing is a lot more denser than I expected from the synopsis, but it’s definitely an interesting opening. On some more research, it seems more horror/gore than I usually read so it will be intriguing to find how I deal with that!
Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campell
Synopsis: The Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century, and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is Captain John “Black Jack” Geary – a man who has emerged from a century-long hibernation to find himself heroically idealized beyond belief. Now, he must live up to his own legend.
Thoughts: I’ve seen the Lost Fleet series around bookstores for years, and it was pure chance that I picked up the first book (after a quick check on Goodreads!). I’ve been dying for a more military-type sci-fi book since reading the likes of Ender’s Game, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one!
I finished my week with a day trip to Cambridge, and spent a good few hours round the wonderful Heffers’ store. I’ve never been to it before, but it was like geek heaven, with an amazing selection of books. Plus a sneaky 3 for 2 deal that I couldn’t help but take advantage of. Hence the subsequent buys!
Civil War #1-7 by Mark Millar
Synopsis: The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse.
Thoughts: I’ve been a big fan of MCU since it began, and with the upcoming release of Captain America: Civil War, it seemed like the perfect time to settle down and actually get into the comic. Seeing as the only other comics I’ve read are Batwoman, and Spiderman’s Civil War comic, my exploration into comic books has been pretty limited. I finished reading it yesterday, and just a heads up: I’ve changed my tune and am now Team Tony, just massively against how they did things in the comic.
Review to come!
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Synopsis: An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Thoughts: I’ve heard about this book so much recently, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy for a good few months. After manically running round Heffers trying to find it, I was so pleased when I managed to find a copy. I’ve definitely been leaning towards the more sensual, complex dystopian novels (see The Book of Strange New Things), so this seems perfect. I’ve heard some really great reviews too!
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Synopsis: Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.
Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
Thoughts: I picked this up on a whim, due to a pretty cover and whisperings of it over Goodreads. I hope its as detailed and complex as the synopsis suggests. It sounds rather character-driven, which is definitely fun in sci-fi. So I can’t wait.
I’ve just realised that the majority of these books are science fiction/dystopian, so I definitely have a theme running through my preferences right now. And this post was far longer than I expected!
But hopefully I can get cracking on a lot of these. I probably won’t do another book haul for a while, considering I’m back to uni soon and that means basically no money. Although maybe a few charity shops might be in order!
Unfortunately, my reading might also tail off, with a busy few months ahead and 12000 words of essays to write. But hopefully I’ll fit it in in my relaxing time and I’ll be able to get through several of these sometime soon!